​From the Dome to Your Home

 The S.C. General Assembly met in regular session this week, continuing work in subcommittee and committee meetings. Governor Henry McMaster delivered the State of the State Address on Wednesday evening.

Nuisance suits bill stalls in the Senate
H3653, the bill that prohibits local governments from declaring manufacturing and industrial facilities a nuisance if those facilities comply with state and federal environmental laws, stalled in the Senate this week. The bill, which passed the House last March, is holding a special order slot on the Senate calendar. Special order forces the Senate to debate the bill after it has worked through the calendar.

Senator Vincent Sheheen (D – Kershaw) spoke for several hours against the bill on Wednesday. Senators adjourned on Thursday without taking action on the bill. For questions on the bill, contact Tiger Wells ( at 803.933.1270.

Plastic bag ban bill
The House of Representatives adjourned debate again on H3529, the bill that bans local governments from passing ordinances that regulate plastic bags, to Tuesday, January 30. As written, this bill will ban municipalities from adopting ordinances regulating local use of plastic bags. Cities that adopt ordinances before the bill is passed would be allowed to continue enforcing them. Future ordinances on the subject, even those amending pre-existing ordinances, would possibly be banned. For questions on the bill, contact Tiger Wells ( at 803.933.1270.

Weekly bill introductions
Use the Association's legislative tracking system to access bills that were introduced this week and bills that received action from a subcommittee or committee. The system also allows readers to comment on all bills related to local government pending in the House and Senate.

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Weekly legislative action